Originally Posted by SGladwell
I was not, however, moving at the velocity I was clocked at.
Also, I want to shine a spotlight on law enforcement incompetence. Instead of going after the dangerous driver, the one attempting to pass from the right and from a turning lane into a regular lane, he profiles that car that looks more likely to have been going faster than the posted limit but who was otherwise following all the rules of the road both codified and implicit.
To have any chance at all, you must know all department policies and procedures, as well as state law, regarding the training and use of police radar. You should question the cop to confirm all policies, procedures, and law were followed. This might include requesting to see copies of any logs maintained during the radars operation, including maintenance logs. You will need to find that the cop did not follow proper procedures, or this particular unit was prone to malfunction, or that the circumstances in which the cop monitored your speed is the same type of situation known to create false readings for that particular type of radar unit.
BTW I spent six years as a cop. The way radar works is pretty simple. I identify you as speeding, visually estimate your speed, then confirm my speed estimation using the radar gun. The radar unit is tested at the beginning of each shift, and again after each ticket is written. If the unit is malfunctioning, the officer will catch it soon enough to void the ticket.
Its going to take a lot of work on your part to beat radar. Honestly, I did clock a tree once going 25mph. Fortunately, that was the speed limit on that street, so the tree got away with it.....though....there were many, many times I visually identified a speeder, but the radar either did not lock on, or locked on only after the speeder slowed down, and the speeder got a pass that day. If I had any doubts at all, I did not make the stop.
Oh, and be polite and respectful. Any hint of attitude and you will be found responsible for GP.